THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
School of International and Public Affairs
University of Georgia in Athens
"The Evolution and Innovation of Suicide Terrorism: The Increasing Role of Women"
Monday, April 20, 2009
129 McKenzie Hall
Dr. Bloom has been researching and writing about the personal backgrounds, motives and recruitment of suicide terrorists for a number of years. She has discovered a distinct increase in the role of women, and changes in the methods by which women are being recruited. She will specifically discuss similarities and differences in suicide terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine, Sri Lanka and more. By better understanding the spread and increase in suicide terrorism, policy makers will be better able to understand how "hearts and minds" are influenced, and why more and more people are willing to become suicide bombers.
Mia Mellissa Bloom is an assistant professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens and the author of Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (NY: Columbia University Press 2005 and 2007) and Living Together After Ethnic Killing edited with Roy Licklider (London: Routledge 2007).
Dr. Bloom is currently writing Bombshell: Women and Terror for Penguin Press and Gendercide: the Strategic Logic of Rape and War. She is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard, and McGill Universities. Bloom has a PhD in political science from Columbia University, a Masters in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelors from McGill University in Russian and Middle East Studies and speaks nine languages. She regularly appears on CNN, Fox News, CSPAN, and NBC Nightly News.
Beginning in September 2009, Dr. Bloom will be joining the faculty at Penn State University.